Friday, March 29, 2019

More Easter Bunnies!

I worked up another card using some of the same dies I did yesterday for my other bunny family card. But this time I used a different background.


All the dies used for this card are from Impression Obsession. The background is made with the DIE473-YY Lg. Flourish Background and was cut from light green card stock but for added dimension I brushing on some darker green. This panel was placed against a blue background to which I also did some brushing to create a different shade of blue here and there. Next I added the DIE664-T Bunny Border doing some coloring on the bunnies and leaving a bigger edge so I could once again flick on some grass with my markers. This was placed over the top of the flourish background. I then layered this onto some light pink card stock and then placed it on a white card base. My sentiment is DIE257-D Easter Joy which I die cut three times with shades of pink and white and then layered them together to create a sort of shadow effect. That completed my card.

I am entering this in the Impression Obsession Challenge-Happy Easter.

So glad you stopped by and I so love to hear what you have to say.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bunny Family Easter

Over the years I have been a fan of Impression Obsession dies and stamps but did not own very many and so today I am using all products from that line. I went with pastel colors for this card too. I thought it would be more fitting for Spring and Easter.


The first thing I did was to make a background design for the card using the Impression Obsession CC208 Flower Burst Cover a Card stamp. I stamped it with Versamark and then added some white embossing powder and heat set it. The next step was to take my craft brushes and color in the design. I used yellow for the centers of the flowers and then added blue around the bursts. Once I had my color applied I took a paper towel and wiped off the excess inks and that allowed the bursts to show up better.

Next I die cut the Impression Obsession DIE664-T Bunny Border from white card stock leaving about a half an inch border along the bottom so that I could color it and add some grass by flicking my Copic marker. I also took a pink Copic and colored the center part of the ears.

The last step was to take the Impression Obsession DIE257-D Easter Joy which I used to cut the sentiment with the same pink card stock that I used for the card base. I also took my white paint pen and added some white to the pink sentiment to sort of accent it. I am not sure that was a good idea or not but the deed is done so that is the way it will be. The card was finally finished when I added a  white sheet inside so that I could write a message.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Impression Obsession Challenge-Happy Easter
Mod Squad Challenge-Pastel Fun

These dies arrived in the mail today so I was very eager to use them. I had my card design already in mind even before they came and so it was just a simple task of putting the plan into action. I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting too.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Altenew Layered Dahlia Stencils

I am trying to use some of the items I bought and just had to have that I am ashamed to say have been sitting in a drawer without any love. So yesterday I began making this card and today I finished it. I hope it pleases you as much as it does me. I am afraid the photos are not doing it justice as it seems to look better to me in real life.


Beginning with the Altenew Dahlia Layered Stencil A I applied my color with my Life Changing Blending Brushes using the Gina K. Designs ink colors of Dusty Rose, Lucky Clover and Sea Glass. Once I had that process done I was ready to use the second stencil.

I decided not to add more ink colors to the design so with the Dahlia Layered Stencil B I took some DecoFoil Transfer Gel and applied that over the stencil to leave a thin layer. While it was still wet I took some Sparkle N Sprinkle Starfire Glitter and sprinkled that onto the wet portions. This was then set aside to dry until the next day when I proceeded to finish the design. It was dry before that but I left the final steps for another fun session which was today.

Here is a close up shot of the stenciled layers.



I cut this stenciled design down to 3 3/4 x 5 inches. I also die cut a Lucky Clover MFWT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scalloped Frame to put around the edges of this panel. Next I added the polka dot ribbon which I have no idea where it came from. But it worked so I went with it. The sentiment I stamped with Dusty Rose ink onto white card stock. It was from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set. It was then cut with a Fiskars Scalloped edger scissors and layered again to some Lucky Clover. before popping it over the ribbon. This panel was then ready to add to the Dusty Rose card stock base. I added a sheet of white card stock inside so I can stamp or write a message if I desire later on.


This will be entered in the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting and for all the wonderful comments you leave. I hope you are having a great day as well. It is a gorgeous one here and temps in the upper 50's. Feels so good!

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Monday, March 25, 2019

Easter Tulips

This afternoon I decided to work on an Easter card. I used a die cut tulip design and a stamped sentiment.


I used the Tutti Designs Tulip Corner die for my focal image. I die cut it with white card stock and then colored it with Artzea Real Brush Pens. I also die cut a white panel using a MFT Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die. It was to this white panel that I added the tulip corner die cut.

I also took a strip of gingham pattern paper which was originally green and white but I took one of the lighter shades of the green from the Artzea pens and swiped that color over the white area. I found it matched the shades of the colors I had used for the tulips and the base card of light green.

The sentiment was taken from the Spring Baskets Gina K. Designs stamp set and stamped with Warm Cocoa ink. On both sides of the sentiment I added some orange rhinestone gems. Inside the card I added another white panel and also another strip of the gingham.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Challenge-Gingham
Scrappy Land Challenge #110-Anything Goes

I really love this look and am very happy with that beautiful tulip die and how it looks on this wonderful Spring looking card. I hope you have enjoyed seeing it as well.

Have a great evening and God bless,
Verna

Poinsettia Christmas Candles

I recently indulged myself a bit and bought a few Tutti Designs dies for my card making pleasure. So today I am sharing one of the cards I made using the Tutti Designs Poinsettia Candles die. I also used a Cheery Lynn Designs die for the sentiment.


I made a very CAS design with the candles and the negative portion of the Merry Christmas die. I saw that negative and it looked so pretty that I just could not waste it. So I backed it up with some Adhesive Glitter Paper from The Ton. I also used that same glitter paper for the candles. Once I had the main panel done I placed it on a royal blue base card and then also added some royal blue rhinestone gems for accent pieces. Inside I added a white panel for my message.  I was very pleased with the end result too.

I am entering this in the following:
March Rudolph Days Challenge
Scrapy Land Challenge #110-Anything Goes

It is definitely looking more Springlike around here. Now and then we see bare ground. It has been awhile for that as we had so much snow but with the thawing we are also seeing our little river rising and overflowing it's banks. Luckily, we live high on a hill so worry about it reaching us. I feel so bad where there are others who have lost their belongings and homes due to flooding.

I guess that is all for me today! I hope your week is off to a great start.

Until next time God bless you,
Verna

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wishing Sunny Spring Days

Happy Spring! Today I pulled out stamp and die coordinating sets from Stamplorations. I used the Bloom Happy sets to make my card. I also added an old die from Cuttlebug called Butterfly. Along with some card stock and gingham pattern paper I created my card.


The pattern paper, inks and card stock were all from Gina K. Designs. And a mix of alcohol ink markers were used to color the floral design. The black jewel candy dots are from Pebbles. Below is a photo of the card from a different angle. I think you can see all the details this way. The butterflies were popped up with some double stick photo tape.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge One or More Dies-No Digitals
Double D's Challenge  Gingham

We had a wonderful sunny day and the temps reached into the 40's above zero. A great start for Spring. It does get down to freezing overnight but that is a good thing as then the snow doesn't melt so fast and that might decrease the chance of more flooding. So we are thankful for that.

I hope your week is going great. Mine was busy working on Christmas cards again. I hope I can keep this trend up. But soon I need to get back to making my Easter cards. Anyway, thanks for the visit.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Single Tree Notecard

I am once again entering a card into the Mod Squad Challenge for this week using some layers on my card and also a layering tree stamp. The tree stamp and the sentiment are from Kitchen Sink Stamps. The tree is one of their many multi-step designs. The dies used for the layers are some Unbranded scalloped stitched rectangle dies.


I am very tired of seeing so much white with all the snow so I decided that some nice Spring green and other shades would be a welcome sight. I can hardly wait to see the grass green up and the trees leaf out. That always cheers me up.

I did not intend to add any gems but I had a little "oops" where there was some smudging in the lower corner so I thought they would cover it up quite nicely.

Well, that is all for me this week. It has been a productive one for me for a change. And, I love to see you stop by and see what I am up to.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Layered Long Stem Rose

The Mod Squad Challenge calls for using layered stamping. In other words images that use multi-stamping techniques before you come up with a final design. So with that in mind I got out the Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Hearts & Roses set to make a CAS card with just one long stemmed rose on it. The sentiment is from that same stamp set.


I stamped the design onto heavy Ivory card stock. After I had finished the rose I took a bit of black ink and mixed a little water in with it and then with a fine brush flicked on some little spatters. It was a last of the minute idea and I hope it does not take too much away from the pretty rose.

I realize I often get these types of images a bit off when stamping as for some reason my eyes will not see things correctly to align the stamps. But I was surprised that this one was not too far off the mark. So I am happy.

A mixed bag of tricks again today weather wise. Early the sun was shining so very brightly and within a couple hours it was dense fog rolling in. Now the sun is once again out and we see it is warming up enough to cause some dripping from all the snow and ice still on the roofs.

Well this card was fun to make. And, a great way to spend a Saturday. Oh, our electricity was off and on again but we figure it was the electric company doing some repairs and when they switch to a new system we have an outage. Finally after two of those little outages I decided it was safe to run the wash machine. I was lucky that I had the noon meal all done when it went off the first time.

I hope your Saturday is going great. Take care and I will visit with you next time. Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

St. Pat's Collage Sheet Cards

I just remembered that I had not posted the last two cards I had made using the Iralmijashop St. Patrick's Collage sheet so since tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day I thought I would show you them today. I also used the Cheapo Dies Shamrock Flourish but only adding portions of it. They were die cut in green glitter paper.



I hope all of you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

God bless,
Verna McAngerhofer (only on this holiday)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Petunias For Her

We just learned that a cousin of my hubby's is not feeling well and since she always loved to have a garden in the past I thought she might like a lot of Petunias to look at while she is feeling so punk. So with that in mind I made this card for her.


For this card I used a Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Petunias background and stamped it in black ink. I then took my Life Changing Blending Brushes and added pink color to the open white areas. I used shades of Gina K. Designs pink inks to get the variation I wanted. This panel was cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die and another panel was cut from the same die set in white card stock. These were then layered together and added to the Dusty Rose card stock base.

Next I added a ribbon and bow along the bottom area. I die cut the Prayers twice from white card stock and layered them together. I also added the Sending You sentiment.  Both of these come from a Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Die set. To complete the card I added another sheet of white card stock inside so that I can write her a short message.

I am entering this in the  following challenges:
Impression Obsession Challenge-Sending Hugs
Dies R Us Challenge #117-One for the Ladies!

Well, today we have sunshine. Not real warm but it is so good to not have rain or snow for a change. And, not very windy either. Maybe things are looking more Springlike now. I hope where you are that the weather is improving for you too.

So until next time take care and God bless,
Verna



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cattail Silhouette Birthday

I had a blended panel all done in rainbow colors using Gina K. Designs inks and the Life Changing Blending Brushes so I decided to stamp some silhouette images to it and create a very simple card design.


The colored panel was placed in my Misti and then using Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink I stamped the silhouette images from the Gina K. Designs The Wetlands set which is illustrated by Theresa Momber. I took a normal black ink pen and then proceeded to draw in a water line and some ripples. This scene was then die cut with an Unbranded scalloped stitched rectangle die and then added to a layer of black card stock before placing it on the white card base. Oh, and I used Gina K. Designs Connect glue to adhere the layers together.

I am entering this in the Kat Scrappiness March Card Challenge-Rainbows. I don't have a rainbow but I did have a rainbow colored background. I also am entering this in the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge.

It is a rainy March Day and later the forecast says it will change to snow and strong winds. I don't think we will see a rainbow however. LOL I guess the weather is the main topic these days. But no matter what the weather is I hope you are having a wonderful day. Thanks for dropping by and for the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, March 11, 2019

March Twofer Card Challenge #14

Yes, indeed! I am joining in Darnell's Twofer Challenge #14 that she started a little over a year ago. It is so fun! It is a challenge that gets my Muse working too! I hope you like my projects I did for this round. The theme this month is to use Balloons.

I used a new set of watercolor markers from Arteza. When there were Cyber Monday sales going on I got them for a fantastic bargain at Amazon. So this was their first outing. They have a great range of colors.



The birthday card used the balloons and sentiments from the Stamplorations Big Grins A Snarky Birthday to You stamp set. I stamped several of the balloon images in a row and after coloring them I fussy cut the top part and then die cut the design with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die so that the sides and bottom only cut. Next I placed them on a Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green card base. The sentiments were stamped in black and also die cut with the cross stitched border die from white card stock. These were then layered to some GKD Lucky Clover card stock before placing onto the card front.


For the Easter card I used a basket, chocolate rabbit and sentiment from Gina K. Designs. And then I took the balloons and laid the image on it's side and used them for eggs in the basket. The basket, rabbit and the balloons were fussy cut and then assembled over the white card panel which was in turn die cut with a Unbranded scalloped stitched die. All was added to a Gina K. Designs Dusty Pink card base and the last thing I did was add a ribbon bow from White Rose Crafts, LLC. I used one of the bows from the Papermania DoCrafts Neon Ribbon Collection. They are nice and flat and work so well on cards.


And that my friends is my Twofers for March. I was so happy I had all the elements handy for making two great looking cards even if I did get the Happy Birthday image a little crooked. It still worked for me. In my old age I don't always get things aligned like I used to do. And, the hands shake now and then so the coloring is not always spot on either. But even so I am content and happy to be able to do what I can still do. So God is good!

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, March 8, 2019

Country Scene

I made a sky using the colors of the rainbow and then from there added my simple scene elements. I thought this would make a nice masculine birthday card.


I used Gina K. Designs inks to blend colors using my Life Changing Blending Brushes. The Winter House Scene die is from Gina Marie Designs. And, that wonderful leafy frame is from Kat Scrappiness. I used a birthday sentiment from Gina K. Designs and stamped that in black ink using my Misti so that I could get a darker printing. The card base is white card stock and all of these layers were glued to the top of the card.

I am entering this in the Kat Scrappiness March Card Challenge-Rainbows. For this challenge one could use a rainbow or the colors of the rainbow. I chose the colors for my sky.

Well, the weekend is upon us again. Time sure marches on and I think the weekend for me may not include stamping. But who know? I have said that before and still ended up making a card or two. I do know I still need more masculine birthday cards as I have three guys having birthdays in March alone. So if the muse wants to work I might end up crafting again.

In the meantime you all have a great weekend. And thanks for the visit.
God bless,
Verna

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Practicing No Line Coloring

I decided I should try to see if I can master the "no line" coloring technique and I admit that using the Gina K. Designs Skeleton Leaves Amalgam ink was a great asset in achieving a better look. I still need more practice but this turned out better then I anticipated. I used the March Challenge sketch from White Rose Crafts LLC for my card as well.



The flower design and sentiment are from the White Rose Crafts Milton stamp set. I only used a portion of the beautiful floral design and colored them with Copic markers. With a Life Changing Blending Brush I added some blue around the flowers using the Scrap Berry's Blue Stain Ink pad. This design was die cut  with a Gina K. Designs small double stitched die and then placed onto a layer of GKD Jelly Bean Green card stock which was die cut with the GKD large single stitched oval die. That larger die works perfect for a layering one.

I used some pattern papers from the 2018 June Kit from White Rose Crafts, LLC and cut the banner with a Cheery Lynn Designs Pierced Banner die. I then added it to another layer of the Jelly Bean Green card stock. My base card was with Jelly Bean Green card stock too and so over that I placed the other pattern paper. The sentiments were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I am entering this in the Scrapy Land Challenge #109-Anything Goes.

Now this really makes me long for Spring. I think these are such pretty colors. I hope you like it as well. We are missing the snow today but it is still predicted to hit us this weekend. If things go as they say I am sure we will not be having church again. But Spring should be arriving soon as this is March. At least I hope so.

Thanks for visiting and until next time take care.
God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

You Rock!

A friend on Facebook asked me if I would make a card to send to a 12 year old boy who is undergoing Cancer treatments. She thought if he got a lot of neat handmade cards that it might cheer him up. So with that goal in mind I proceeded to make a card that I thought might interest a young man his age. I went with a musical theme and shades of green.


The stamps used are all from Gina K. Designs. I used her Music Background set and the instruments were from the Just a Note set. I chose to use the ink colors of Lucky Clover and Christmas Pine. The card stock used was Gina's White, Lucky Clover. and Key Lime. The You Rock sentiment die is from Kat Scrappiness and was die cut from a piece of Gina's Grass Green foiled paper. I layered that sentiment onto another white cut one to make a shadow. My layers were all die cut with Memory Box Cross Stitched  Border dies. I also used those same cross stitched dies to cut layers for the inside of the card. The trumpet was stamped with Christmas Pine and then colored in with Zigs and Copics.  And that my friends is my card.

Tis' the season for green but alas we still have a lot of white in our neighborhood. I think it may be awhile before we see the green outside so I guess a little green on the inside will have to do with an all green (almost) card.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Challenge-Let's Make Some Music
Dies R Us Challenge #116-For the Men/Boys in our Lives
Mod Squad Challenge-Green, Green Everywhere

Thanks for visiting and for the wonderful comments. Have a great evening!
God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Rose Blooms and Coffee

Today I used the Stamplorations Rose Blooms and Coffee digi along with another flower and sentiment from  the Stamplorations The Birds and The Blooms clear stamp set to make a card for the Stamplorations March Theme and Sketch challenge. The digi was offered free a few days ago so I grabbed it up right away.




I did a loose interpretation of the sketch and colored all of it with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I also sponged on some light blue around the design and then finished the card off by adding some black glittery sequins.

We are in a heat wave. We reached 20 degrees above zero last time I looked. The hubby is enjoying the warmer weather. I am still staying inside though. LOL

Thanks for coming by and have a great evening.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, March 4, 2019

Using Stripes

I wanted to join in at the Mod Squad Challenge in which we were to use stripes so I worked up a last minute card using some products from Concord & 9th.


I stamped the flowers and sentiment onto the striped pattern paper from the Concord & 9th Aloha Fill In Pattern Paper pack. I used all Gina K. Designs inks. And the stamps used on the outer panel were from the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp set. Inside the card I added a similar floral design from the Aloha Friend stamp set from Concord & 9th. I layered my stamped design onto the black card stock and from there it was placed on the yellow card stock base. The card was finished by adding some gems to the center of each flower.

I have had this stamp set and pattern paper for ages and finally I got to inking up some of the stamps. I guess I need to get these out more often. Even though they have a more tropical design I am sure they would still work to cheer someone up in my neck of the woods too.

Thanks for the visit. Take care and God bless,
Verna

Another Mother's Day Design

I already had the Gina K. Designs Watercolor Flowers Stamp set handy from the previous post so with that set I also made a Mother's Day card only this time I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper to stamp my design on.



I put the card stock in my Misti and that way I could do repeated stampings as I used the rough side of the watercolor paper. First I added the GKD Wild Dandelion ink to the stamp and then spritzed the stamp with a shot of water before adding it to the card stock. Then I did the same thing with the GKD Dusty Rose ink on the rest of the flower. I used the little ink cubes so it is easier to add ink to just certain areas. And, even if some of the color runs that is still okay as it looks more like real watercoloring. I also used two shades of green on the stems and leaves. Namely, GKD Lucky Clover and Key Lime using the same water sprtizing and inking technique.

I used the GKD large circle die for the first layer and for the second layer in black I used the Cottage Cutz double stitched circle die. I added these layers to a Dusty Rose gingham paper from the GKD Petals & Wings paper pack. Then before adding the panel to the base card of white I layered it to black card stock and then added a black and white gingham ribbon. The sentiment was stamped in black ink on the pattern paper and is from the GKD Elegant Florals 2 stamp set. The last thing I added was some Hero Arts black enamel dots.

Well, same old weather....windy and drifting snow. Schools mostly all closed again. I am sure the kids will be using some of their summer vacation for school sessions this year. Our road below our house drifts shut every day and if we need to get out it has to be blown open and you hope it will be open enough when you get back home again so that you can get through it. Sure want Spring to arrive soon.

Thanks for visiting. I hope everyone's week is off to a great start.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Coloring on Dark Card Stock

Well, today's post is an experiment and it was originally done on a scrap piece of Gina K. Design Blue Denim card stock and with the end result I decided it could be made into a card. I stamped the flowers from the Gina K. Designs Watercolor Flowers set with my new Gina K. Designs Warm Glow Amalgam ink. I wanted to see if it would show up on dark card stock in an opaque hue but it showed up more like one would use a clear ink like Versamark. But the design was so vivid that I debated whether to use it just that way or if I should add some color to the design. Well, the only way I knew to add color was with Prismacolor pencils so that was how I added color to the flowers.


I did not have a big enough sheet of the blue card stock to which I had added the flowers so I decided to tear the edge. I also layered that to a panel of Grass Green and tore that edge as well. Then I placed this panel onto a base card of Dusty Rose card stock. The last things I added were the sentiment from that same stamp set and some green and pink gems.

Well, I guess all is not lost as I still think this ended up being a card that was still good enough to be used. It reminds me of Spring. So on the positive side all is well and Spring is coming soon even if it will be only on the calendar. I hope your weekend is filled with great things.

Thanks for visiting and may God bless,
Verna


Friday, March 1, 2019

For the Guys!

A masculine card design was the mission this first day of March. So with a couple of dies I made a CAS birthday card. Dies used to make this card were the Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle and Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday die.


I always struggle a bit when using dies but this one was a pretty easy design to do. I used light blue, white and navy card stock for it. And, I added some light blue and navy sequins that matched fairly well. I also added a white panel inside the card to add a sentiment or message.

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #116-For the Men/Boys in our Lives.

Well, we did indeed get snow. So I guess our lion did show up! The first round has ended but it is forecast for another round during the night. No flowers will be blooming in our neck of the woods for a long time to come. And I can just imagine how muddy it will get when the snow does melt. People might get stuck in mud as well as snow.

I am so thankful for all who stop by and visit and leave me wonderful comments.....even when sometimes my work is not up to par. You are all too kind. I hope you have a great weekend now.

God bless,
Verna

Special Day

Today I made a card for a special occasion. I used a digital image and a sentiment from the set called Gone Fishin by Beccy's Place. I p...